Why is England vs Croatia in the Nations League being played behind closed doors?
Croatia were ordered to play two home qualifiers behind closed doors, and were also deducted one point in their Euro 2016 qualifying group – though they still made it to the finals in France.Friday’s clash against England is the second match of the punishment, with Croatia’s next home game, against Spain in November, being open to supporters.The reason the second behind closed doors match is being played so long after the first is that Croatia have not played a home fixture in a UEFA competition since then. scrap England continue their UEFA Nations League campaign against their World Cup conquerors Croatia in a game that is being played behind closed doors.Both sides lost their opening games in the new competition to Spain – Gareth Southgate’s men losing 2-1 to La Roja, while the 2018 World Cup finalists were pummelled 6-0 by the Spaniards. LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Most read on talkSPORT.com SORRY The swastika was caught on cameras during Croatia’s match against Italy Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos gameday cracker revealed Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 tense The match kicks off at 7:45pm on Friday, October 12, and you can listen to full commentary LIVE on talkSPORT.While listening to the coverage you may think the stadium sounds eerily quiet, and that is because no fans are being allowed into the Stadion HNK Rijeka to watch the match.But just why is the match being played behind closed doors? We explain below… predicted Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City BEST OF Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion In Croatia’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy, played in June 2015, a swastika was marked on the pitch in Split. The Croatian football federation apologised after Italian complaints, though UEFA took a hard line against the hosts as the clash against Italy was itself being played behind closed doors as a punishment after supporters made racist chants in a match against Norway. Stadion HNK Rijeka hosts Friday’s clash changes How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings